Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The guiding principles of the volunteer program include providing clear expectations regarding your process and experience. Priorities also include welcoming and educating new volunteers to hospital policies and procedures. Nationwide Children's Hospital accepts college applications on a quarterly basis. The application will only be available during the months listed below. Please note, the link will also no longer be accessible when the program reaches capacity for that month.
Who: Adults, 18 years of age and older, currently enrolled in college or technical school
What: Volunteers provide support to patients, families, and staff. Some assignments have direct patient contact, other assignments are more supportive. Volunteer assignments can include patient units, clinics, OT/PT, sibling clubhouse, Reach Out and Read, among others.
When: Assignments will be on the same day/same time each week, typically 2-3 hours. There are limited opportunities during evening hours. Schedules can be changed as class schedules change each quarter/semester, provided there are openings.
Where: Primarily at the hospital’s main campus, although some assignments are available at Primary Care Centers or Close to Home locations. Attendance is very important, so please consider transportation when considering if this is a good match for you.
Cost: Volunteer polo shirt is $23 or vest is $23, plus tax.
Commitment: Minimum initial commitment is 50 hours or 5-6 months. We welcome and encourage volunteers to stay longer; however, we are unable to accommodate volunteers who want shorter assignment periods
The application process includes:
Complete the online application during February, May, August or November.
Reference checks—Nationwide Children's will send forms to those non-family members you select
Information session—provide you with an overall picture of the program and specific information about available volunteer openings
BCI and/or FBI Background check
General hospital orientation (available monthly)
TB blood tests, provided by Nationwide Children's
Training for specific volunteer position
Please review the FAQ's below. If you have additional questions, we will be happy to answer them.
Phone: (614) 722-3635
When to Apply
We know college students are in a variety of situations, yet still want to volunteer. Please check to see if one of these scenarios matches your situation:
Great! You are available year-round. Feel free to apply anytime. Call with any questions.
Please apply in May or August. We want to make sure you have enough time to apply, get trained, and actually volunteer.
Welcome home! Please apply in February. We appreciate your desire to help. In order to volunteer in the summer, we need to process your application earlier in the spring. If you wait until May, we cannot complete the process for summer.